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Health workers press opposition to Fabella “transfer”

Medical professionals held another protest rally last May 26 against the so-called transfer of the Fabella Memorial Hospital from its current location to the Department of Health compound later this year.

Alliance of Health Workers members expressed fears that the hospital may go the way of other public hospitals that ask for payment for every service it renders. Read more

Health workers decry low wages, privatization of public hospitals under Aquino

Rank and file public health workers protested in front of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute last March 23 to condemn the Benigno Aquino government for its “anti-poor” policies in the health sector.

Members of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) said Aquino’s Salary Standardization program only aims to keep ordinary health workers poor through a measly and staggered wage increase.

They also condemned the “unabated” privatization of public hospitals and the services these institutions offer to the poor.

They said President Aquino has betrayed the interests of poor patients by worsening the state of health institutions in his more than five years in office.

AHW is pressing for a monthly national minimum wage of PhP16,000 for Salary Grade 1 workers and substantial budget increase for public health.

Public sector workers protest over pay hike

Declaring a “Black Heart’s Day,” public sector workers trooped to Mendiola leading to Malacanang Palace in Manila to denounce Pres. Benigno Aquino III and Budget Sec. Florencio Abad for the Salary Standardization Law 4 (SSL 4) discriminating pay and benefits for the country’s 1.5 million government workers. Similar actions were held in Baguio, Angeles, Naga, Legazpi, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao and other cities in the Philippines.

Health workers show solidarity with Lumad

Alliance of Health Workers members from government hospitals held a candle-lighting activity today to show their solidarity with indigenous peoples in Mindanao. They denounced the human rights violations against the Lumad by the military that resulted in massacres, rape, harassments and forced evacuation in Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and the Davao provinces.

Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City
September 26, 2015

LCPEA-AHW: Daang nakamamatay, hindi tuwid na daan

IMG_6719Nagpiket ang mga manggagawang pangkalusugan sa harap ng Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) para ihayag ang mariing pagtutol sa planong pagtatayo ng kalsada sa loob mismo ng LCP. Ayon kay Eleazar Sobinsky, pangulo ng Lung Center of the Philippines Employees Association – Alliance of Health Workers (LCPEA-AHW), “Hindi makatuwiran na maglagay pa ng kalsada sa loob mismo ng compound ng hospital dahil napapaligiran na kami ng maraming kalsada. Ang usok na lilikhain ng mga sasakyan na dadaan sa loob ng compound ay tiyak na makasasama sa kalusugan ng mga pasyenteng may sakit sa baga na nagpapagamot sa LCP.”

Ang planong pagtatayo ng kalsada ay inaprubahan daw ng Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa ilalim ng Quezon City Central Business District Road Network Plan at ipatutupad bago pa umalis sa pwesto ang pangulo.

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Nanawagan naman ang Alliance of Health Workers sa mga pamilyang dumadalaw sa ospital na sumama sa “SONA ng bayan” kasabay ng huling SONA ng pangulo sa July 27 para samasamang isigaw ang kapabayaan sa programang pangkalusugan ng gobyernong Aquino.

 

Lung Center of the Philippines

July 24, 2015

Sit-down strike against privatization of Orthopedic Center

Philippine Orthopedic Center, Quezon City
March 13, 2015

Hundreds of health workers, patients and their families today converge at the hospital’s drive way and with clenched fists, chant “Save POC” and “Junk PPP/Privatization” and “On site developement with public funds”.

“Let us send our strong message to Sec. Garin and Malacanang that privatizing POC will be the death of a public hospital specializing in bone deseases. It would mean the deprivation of around 500 outpatient poor people who patiently line up as early as 4 am until 5 pm everday to be treated. Also the 80-90% poor patients who are hospitalized for one month to more than 10 years and who rely only to the hospital’s equipments and expertise in order to live,” says Mr. Sean Velchez, president of National Orthopedic Health Workers Union-Alliance of Health Workers.

The struggle continues…

The members of Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) held a protest to denounce the four year Aquino administration for not giving them any single salary increase amidst endless price increases of basic commodities and services.

Mendiola, Manila
November 27, 2014